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Former Presidential Candidate Tells Educated Dreamer To Go To Another Country

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On a recent episode of CNN’s “Messy Truth,” anxious Dreamer Elizabeth Vilchis shared concerns that she could be deported when Trump becomes president in January.

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“I will lose my career – my career will come to an end – if [DACA] ends. And I will also potentially be labeled for deportation,” Vilchis told Messy Truth panelists, which consisted of CNN pundit Van Jones, Ana Navarro, and former Senator Rick Santorum.

As a Dreamer, Vilchis is one of the more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country when they were minors.

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Vilchis was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was seven years old. Because of the DACA program, which protect people in situations similar to Vilchis’, she was able to get her degree in mechanical engineering, and has spent the past decade helping students enter careers in engineering.

After explaining her story to the panelists, Vilchis asked, “How would you advise someone like me for planning their future?”

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For anyone in her situation, this question could provide people very helpful insights on how they can protect themselves in the coming months. However, former Senator Rick Santorum’s answer was anything but helpful.

“You have the ability to go to any other country right now and apply those wares and be successful and then reapply to come back to America if you so choose.”

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In short: don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That was the response from former Senator Rick Santorum, effectively telling Vilchis to look elsewhere for  work. If Vilchis was deported, the process to return to the U.S. for her specifically could take up to 10 yearswhich would undo everything she’s worked for.

Santorum’s response drew outrage on social media.

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How does turning away educated, productive members of society benefit the U.S.?

As an engineer, Vilchis is working in a field that is very necessary to for an economy’s health. However, over the last several years, the U.S. has seen a marked decline in students looking for careers in this field.

Those who have followed Santorum’s career know that this is par for course.

On the positive side, Trump has claimed he is willing to “work something out” for people in Vilchis’ situation.

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Keep in mind that Trump has also appointed a climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a man who opposes minimum wage increases as secretary of labor, and an unqualified man as secretary of housing and urban development. So leaning on Trump’s word might not be the most responsible approach to long term life plans.

If there’s one thing to take away from this, it’s the compassionate words Ana Navarro had for Elizabeth Vilches.

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“You’ve got to tell your story, and change and affect public opinion. Because your stories are beautiful. They’re the stories of the American dream.”

Afterward, Navarro tweeted more words of encouragement.

Watch the entire exchange here.

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READ: This Florida Politician Was Just Elected And Is Already Going After DACA Recipients

Latino Journalists That You Should Follow On Twitter To Diversify Your News

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Latino Journalists That You Should Follow On Twitter To Diversify Your News

It’s 2019 and we all have trust issues when it comes to the media, for valid reasons. For one, President Trump has named the media the enemy of the people and everyone’s racist tíos now have social media. If you haven’t Marie Kondo’ed your social media, yet, let me show you what a life-giving feed looks like. 

Each of these Latino journalists, editors, and bloggers have been lovingly considered and have passed the test. While they can’t control whether the news sparks joy, their delivery certainly does, and their audience is us, Latinos unidos.

Jorge Ramos | @jorgeramosnews

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Jorge Ramos is infamous for his hardline reporting and unapologetic interviewing. He and his team recently flew into Venezuela to interview Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The interview must have been pretty damning because Maduro has yet to return their cameras and tape.

Maria Hinojosa | @Maria_Hinojosa

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President of Futuro Media and host of NPR’s podcast “Latino USA”, if you don’t already have Hinojosa in your ear, you need her on your feed. Above all, she’s a talented storyteller, and bring’s la gente’s stories to the world.

Arelis R. Hernández | @arelisrhdz

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Hernández is a reporter for The Washington Post, and her feed is a collection of her own investigative journalism along with all the RT’s you need to know about. Follow her for Washington politics.

Cristian Farias | @cristianfarias

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Cristian Farias is on The New York Times’ Editorial Board and is delivering all the law and justice issues you need to know about in plain language. This is the only update I could understand.

Eileen Truax | @EileenTruax

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A self-proclaimed “migration nerd,” Truax is hyper-focused on keeping migrants, Dreamers, and asylum-seekers in the news. She’s also here to deliver “#bilingualchisme.”

Alexis C. Madrigal | @alexismadrigal

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A staff writer for The Atlantic, this Mexican-American journalist is focused on how technology influences society. That means you’ll hear about how the small world of anti-vaxxers on social media are influencing a nation, the effects of social media on local elections, and yes, Facebook advertisements. Truly important stuff.

Marie D. De Jesús | @MarieDennise

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Marie Dennise is a photojournalist who has covered everything from Jay Z to cockfights. The Boricua’s photos speak for themselves, and you’ve probably already seen them on front covers.

Adolfo Flores | @aflores

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The National Security Correspondent for Immigration on Buzzfeed News, Flores primarily covers all the ways ICE is not doing its job and not being regulated to do so. Journalism is the only thing keeping ICE ‘in check’ (if that’s happening at all). Follow for real-time news.

Juan Brammer | @jpbrammer

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Juan Brammer is the person you need to follow for all queer Latinx chisme. He writes for Out Magazine, The Trevor Project, and even Food and Wine.

Soledad O’Brien | @soledadobrien

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Soledad O’Brien is an icon in her own right. She’s one of the first Afro-Latinas to make it on screen and own her own talk show. Her presence on Twitter deserves its own stage.

Marlena Fitzpatrick | @MarlenaFitz

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Fitzpatrick is known for her work in Enclave Magazine and Latino Rebels. She’s also known for her expertise in all things música. 

Esmeralda Bermudez | @LATbermudez

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If Latinos making news in entertainment is what sparks joy for you, then Salvadorian @LATbermudez is for you. She’s an LA Times staff writer focused on Latinos in entertainment. 

Vanessa Erazo | @infoCinelandia

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Self-described as the source for “everything on Latino film,” Erazo is the Film Editor of Remezcla and is also the Co-Director of Cinelandia USA. Dive deep into classics and new films alike with this movie buff.

Ashly Perez | @itsashlyperez

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I was shooketh when Buzzfeed let Perez go, simply because her work and her feed is artwork. Today, she’s a writer for Jennifer Lopez-produced series “Good Trouble,” but she’s plugged in as ever to the news that matters to Latinos and is worth the follow.

Andrea González-Ramírez | @andreagonram

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A journalist for Refinery29, @andreagonram is based in Puerto Rico, delivering on the ground news and updates that don’t typically make it stateside. You’ll hear news from her that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Ana Navarro | @ananavarro

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Navarro is a Republican news pundit and journalist that will not buy into conflated fear-mongering so common among Rep. pundits these days. Plus, she dog walks Trump like no other and I’m here for the roasts from his own party.

Matthew Yglesias | @mattyglesias

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One of the co-founders for Vox.com, Yglesias is well-versed in American policies that make poor people poorer. He wrote a book called “The Rent is Too Damn High” and you can guess that you’ll feel validated as heck following him.

Domenico Montanaro | @DomenicoNPR

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Based out of Washington, Montanaro is another leading journalist in all things politics. He’s currently publishing out of NPR and making the news make sense on Twitter since 2009.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | @AOC

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Okay, so AOC is no journalist, but she is reporting the Twitter news in politics faster than anyone else. She’s plugged in, and she’s calling people out. Her reports on politics have become the news. 

READ: Award Winning Mexican Journalist Slain In Sinaloa State

Watch Ana Navarro Take Down Meghan McCain On ‘The View’ While Debating DACA

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Watch Ana Navarro Take Down Meghan McCain On ‘The View’ While Debating DACA

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That’s one way to shut someone down.

Things got heated during a recent episode of ABC’s “The View” when guest co-host Ana Navarro and co-host Meghan McCain debated the merits of the government shutdown. It all started when McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, questioned why Navarro considers herself to still be a Republican. Navarro has made no secret about her distaste for President Trump and his administration. She spent most of the election year calling out what she considered to be the shortcomings of the Republican Party under then candidate Donald Trump. That same willingness to call out anything she sees as damaging to the Republican Party during the Trump administration has stayed strong. McCain was on the receiving end after one statement to Navarro. Here’s how it went:

Meghan McCain: “I understand that DACA is a very emotional issue at this point but most Republicans are on my side on this one, Ana. It’s really difficult for me to understand sometimes why you still consider yourself a Republican.”

Ana Navarro: “Because I am a Hispanic, immigrant, Latina. Because I was brought to this country when I was eight years old. Because my parents fled communism and it was not my decision to come here. I came here through no decision of my own. I came here through no fault of my own. Had my parents not had visas, had my parents not had the resources to hire lawyers, I would be a Dream Act kid too. That’s why this is personal.”

Fans of “The View” fell in love with Navarro after this segment.

Who else thinks she would make a great co-host for “The View”?

A few people tried to picture McCain after the clapback in her dressing room.

S A V A G E !!

There was definitely a clear winner in this debate.

Navarro – 1. McCain – 0.

READ: Ana Navarro Is Exposing The GOP’s Double Standard Of Letting Trump Share Classified Information Without Consequence

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